Marvel Television: Agent Carter Faces Extinction, Most Wanted Could Follow


It hasn’t been a great week for Agent Carter or Marvel’s Most Wanted, two shows in Marvel’s rapidly growing televisual slate. Though nothing has been confirmed, it seems like both shows could be on the chopping block. Here’s what we know so far.

Back in March, ABC released its initial list of shows to be renewed for the 2016-2017 season. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. picked up a renewal, Agent Carter wasn’t so lucky. Series star Hayley Atwell will also be taking on the lead in the upcoming legal drama Conviction, adding fuel to the fire that Agent Carter was on rocky ground. ABC would have made scheduling adjustments for Atwell to remain on both shows, but the fact that the network has yet to comment on Carter‘s fate doesn’t bode well for the future. In a list compiled this week by The Hollywood Reporter of the 10 pilots most likely to receive a series pickup, Conviction landed the third spot, along with a mention that a renewal for Agent Carter was “highly unlikely”. Adding insult to injury, the site also mentioned Marvel’s Most Wanted (the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff focusing on Lance and Bobbi), stating that the potential series  was “not considered the lock it once was”. 

Variety painted a slightly better picture, although not by much. Their less-than-optimistic stance on Agent Carter lines up with THR‘s, along with the sentiment that Conviction could make it. However, the site states that its sources believe Most Wanted “has a very good chance of going to series”, a stark contradiction to what we’ve previously heard.

Should Agent Carter clock out at two seasons and Most Wanted never see the light of day, there are still several lights at the end of the tunnel. So far, Netflix and Marvel’s pre-existing and upcoming shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage,  Iron Fist, and The Defenders) are all going strong, with a Punisher spinoff in the works. ABC even has eyes on Damage Control, a live-action comedy focusing on the employees of a construction company who clean up the messes left behind after every superhero/villain fight.

We’ll be sure to provide an update on the fate of both Agent Carter and Marvel’s Most Wanted when more information becomes available.